Austin Collings - Who Done It?
Austin Collings was born in Radcliffe, North Manchester in 1980: the year of the monkey. He co-authored Renegade: The Lives & Tales of Mark E Smith and has written for The Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, New Statesman and Sight & Sound. His collection of prose The Myth of Brilliant Summers was published in 2014 by Pariah Press.
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Who Done It?
Lying in bed, staring out of a window that has now turned black. Before the black, I heard people and some of the windows were lit up. A child repeated the phrase: "I didn't do it. I didn't do it." His young voice on the verge of both a scream and disintegration. I felt his frustration. I am still feeling it. I also, 'didn't do it'. It is 00:28. The summer is calling it a night.
Image - 'Portrait Of The Artist As A Grumpy Sod (taken in Radcliffe circa The Dark Ages)' credit - Austin Collings.